Souvenir (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Souvenir flickers intermittently to life thanks to the reliably great Isabelle Huppert, but ultimately proves too wan and predictable to recommend.

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Liliane (Isabelle Huppert) lives a modest and monotonous life. By day, she works in a pâté factory, and by night, she sits on the couch and watches TV. One day, a new worker named Jean (Kévin Azaïs) arrives. The two form a platonic relationship, but Jean grows increasingly convinced that he recognizes Liliane from a European singing contest he saw as a child. Eventually, Jean convinces Liliane to confront her past. Souvenir is a beautiful portrayal of a friendship between two people from different generations, who come together to make a life changing comeback.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

The presence of Huppert makes Souvenir well worth a look.

Mar 2, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Defurne is happy to let things unfold on the surface, à la Douglas Sirk. He clearly worships Huppert, and seems to rely on audiences feeling the same way, doing little to enhance her natural charms.

Mar 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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The story is as predictable as they come, played out at such a low emotional temperature as to be practically ignorable.

Mar 1, 2018 | Full Review…

While there's poignancy to be found in Souvenir's depiction of aging and work, the sexual politics leave something to be desired.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

A tender, sweet film that leaves us with a goofy smile on our face.

Apr 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Director Bavo Defurne does little to turn the movie into anything more than a pleasant diversion -- the kind of movie in which not much comes as a surprise but we hardly care.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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